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​​​Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration

The Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration (MACSM) is a tripartite body, comprising of industry, unions, State and Territory government representatives and any other members nominated by the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs. MACSM provides advice to the Minister on Australia’s temporary and permanent skilled migration programs and associated matters.

Terms of Reference

MACSM advises the Minister on:

  • policy settings to optimise the contribution of skilled migration to Australia’s economy, including in regional Australia, and in attracting the best and the brightest
  • the size and composition of Australia’s temporary and permanent skilled migration programs
  • skill shortages in the labour market which cannot be met from the domestic labour force and domestic training and education programs
  • opportunities to reduce regulatory burdens and costs on Australian businesses seeking to access visa programs to fill genuine skilled vacancies
  • policies to ensure that Australian workers are afforded priority in the labour market
  • the role of State and Territory governments in skilled and business migration
  • the adequacy of regulatory powers of the Department of Home Affairs to ensure integrity and detect and prevent practices which are inconsistent with the intent of the programs
  • strategies to ensure Australia’s migration programs contribute to Australia’s security, prosperity and economic recovery post COVID-19.

The Department of Home Affairs provides secretariat support to MACSM.

List of MACSM members for 2021-22

Mr Innes WILLOX (Chair)
Chief Executive
Australian Industry Group

Ms Annie ​BUTLER
Federal Secretary
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation

Ms Janelle CHAPMAN
President
International Education Association of Australia

Ms Susan GIN
Founder and Chairperson
Executive Wealth Circle

Dr Joanna HOWE
Associate Professor in Law
The University of Adelaide

Mr Peter HUGHES PSM
Fellow
Centre for Policy Development​

Mr Murray HURPS
Director of Entrepreneurship
University of Technology Sydney

Dr Jeremy JOHNSON AM
Executive Councillor and Immediate Past President
Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Mr Alan MANLY OAM
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Group Colleges Australia

Ms Jill MCCABE
Chief Executive Officer
Professionals Australia

Mr Steven MURPHY
National Secretary
Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union

Professor Andrew NORTON
Professor in the Practice of Higher Education Policy, Centre for Social Research and Methods
The Australian National University

Ms Anne O'DONOGHUE
Managing Director and Principal Lawyer
Immigration Solutions Lawyer Pty Ltd

Ms Michelle O'NEIL
President
Australian Council of Trade Unions

Professor Charles QIN OAM
President
Chinese Interpreters and Translators Association of Australia

Ms Liz RITCHIE
Chief Executive Officer
Regional Australia Institute

Dr George TAN
Research Associate, College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society
Charles Darwin University

Associate Professor Klaus VEIL
President
Australia Council of Professions

Ms Jennifer WESTACOTT AO
Chief Executive Officer
Business Council of Australia

Mr Troy WILLIAMS
Chief Executive
Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia

Mr Michael WRIGHT
National Assistant Secretary
Electrical Trades Union of Australia